|Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative|
CityWalk ExpansionUniversal CityWalk is going to expand in 2014. This expansion will involve the addition of several new restaurants:
- Red Oven Pizza Bakery
- Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
- Hot Dog Hall of Fame
- The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
- Italian Kitchen Concept
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwhiches
While Katarina and I were at Universal Orlando Resort earlier this month, we ate lunch at The Red Oven, which is the first of the new restaurants to open. The pizza was great, and one pizza is big enough to feed two adults, so it is a good value option.
One of the more inventive of the new restaurants I am looking forward to trying is The Cowfish. Marcus Hall and Alan Springate are the creators of this unconventional restaurant. Marcus owned a burger place and Alan owned a sushi restaurant, and they wanted to have a restaurant that would please everyone. Thus the sushi and burger bar was born. They offer sushi, burgers, and a hybrid they call Burgushi.
|Marcus Hall, owner The Cowfish|
*For more information about the CityWalk expansion, check out this video.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the new on-site hotel coming to Universal Orlando Resort in 2014. It is going to be a value priced hotel, featuring 900 standard guest rooms and 900 family suites. The family suites will be capable of sleeping six, and they will include kitchen areas. This is great for families who don't want to eat out for every meal during their vacation. The hotel will also have large pools, a lazy river, a ten-lane bowling alley, game room, fitness center, and dining options for those nights when you just don't want to cook.
I love the retro, mid-century design. The artists renderings are super cute, and when I recently drove by the construction, I really felt the 60's vibe. It is going to give your family that iconic American summer vacation feeling without emptying your wallet.
*Cabana Bay will begin accepting reservations on March 31, 2014.
Diagon AlleyThis is the most exciting news: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding. London and Diagon Alley will be coming to Universal Studios Florida in the summer of 2014!
Located where Amity and the Jaws ride used to be in Universal Studios, the streets of London will be represented in detail, and hidden behind them you will find Diagon Alley. It will have streets and alleys, and you will also be able to eat at The Leaky Cauldron. The restaurant is based on the set from the The Prisoner of Azkaban.
The most exciting part of the expansion is the Hogwards Express. You will be able to take the Hogwarts Express from Kings Cross Station, Platform 9 3/4, to Hogsmeade in the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That is going to be such an amazing experience. I can hardly wait to hop aboard.
Universal Resort Orlando has not yet announced the official opening date for this expansion, but I am thinking we can all just block off the entire summer of 2014 for Harry Potter awesomeness to be prepared.
*For more information about the Diagon Alley expansion, check out this video.